Thursday, December 13, 2007

Army recruitment stepped up in Afghanistan

By Thomas Harding and James Kirkup Last Updated: 2:37am GMT 13/12/2007

Britain will have to recruit more soldiers to sustain a prolonged military mission in Afghanistan, the Prime Minister has indicated. Gordon Brown made the admission as he outlined a new long-term strategy to "isolate and eradicate" the Taliban.
Senior military figures believe that British troops could be in Afghanistan in large numbers for up to a decade, raising worries about the pressure on the over-stretched Army. It is also believed that the force in Iraq is being rapidly reduced in order to maintain a steady supply of troops for Afghanistan, where almost 8,000 are deployed.

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